Boat launch, road reopens at Rockefeller refuge

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State wildlife officials say they've completed a $2.6 million project at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge that replaced the boat launch and bulkheads at Joseph Harbor and upgraded the East End Locks Road. Both access points will open again Tuesday for daily public use from sunrise to sunset.

Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says the site improvements will benefit recreational fishermen, boaters and nature watchers "wishing to utilize the refuge's abundant natural resources." Officials say the improved facilities provide for safer vehicle access to the refuge and boat launching into coastal marshes.

The refuge is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually. It spans 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.